John McHenry, the Chief Scientist for Advanced Meteorological Systems at Baron, has accepted the position as Chair of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Hydrology, effective January 2020. McHenry’s term as Chair is slated to run until January 2023. McHenry, who joined the committee in 2014, began serving on the Program Sub-Committee in 2015 and was Program Chair in 2017. He took over as Vice-Chair of the committee in 2018.

McHenry succeeds Dr. Kristie J. Franz, who has been in the role since 2018. Dr. Franz, the Interim Chair of the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University, serves as Chair Emeritus.

“It is a true honor to become the Chair as it allows me to not only contribute to but also learn from our many talented committee members,” McHenry said about his new role.

McHenry has his sights set on some objectives to accomplish in his term as Chair.

“Continuing to diversify within the sub-disciplines represented by committee members is an important goal. We also want to improve our internal committee organization to make it even more highly functional and effective within AMS as a whole,” McHenry said. “For instance, reaching out to other committees that cross-cut with Hydrology to host joint technical sessions at the Annual Meeting can be effective. Examples could include joint sessions with radar meteorology, agricultural meteorology, planetary boundary layer, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence. We will also be looking toward more effective use of social media to reach out to younger scientists.”

John's Biography

John McHenry is a 1980 Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate with an M.Sc. in Meteorology. Before that, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Physics and Mathematics from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. McHenry has spent most of his career designing and implementing high-performance weather and related models. In the 1980s, he was a lead developer for the US-based Regional Acid Deposition Model (RADM). In the early 1990s, Mr. McHenry joined EPA’s “Models-3” team at the North Carolina Supercomputing Center. He helped design and test the novel CMAQ air quality model there and led several grant research awards, including the coupling of hydrological to meteorological (NWP) models. In the late 1990s, he became the first US modeler to deploy an operational air quality forecast system successfully.

McHenry joined Baron in 2003, leading the implementation of cutting-edge operational meteorological, hydrological, land-surface, and air quality models, explicitly focusing on high-resolution explicit streamflow modeling, data assimilation, and high-performance computing.